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Journalism

Graduate Diploma

GD-JOURL

Course
Graduate Diploma in Journalism
Duration
1 year full-time
Credit
200
Location
Curtin Perth

Outline

Change to a journalism career and learn advanced research, production and publishing skills for contemporary media formats.

Michael Casey

I think the essence of journalism is storytelling. At Curtin, I got a grasp of how you piece a story together so that it gets people's attention and delivers them the information they need to know in a compelling way.

Work experience

Opportunities to work at Seven West Media in journalism initiatives. 

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As Western Australian’s premier journalism program, Curtin has the experience and industry connections to provide you with the best postgraduate experience in journalism.

In this highly practical course you will learn research, investigative and interviewing skills for audio, video and text-based journalism, and use industry standard equipment and facilities.

Subjects include video news, radio news, news writing, broadcast presentation, media law and ethics, entrepreneurial journalism and long form journalism.

You’ll have the opportunity to practise your reporting skills by publishing your journalism on Curtin's student digital news site, Western Independent, and you will build a portfolio of your work.

When you successfully complete this course, you can apply for entry to the Master of Journalism. You can also exit this course early at the graduate certificate level.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

Why study

  • Curtin's journalism program has developed a reputation for excellence over 45 years and has strong connections to media organisations throughout Western Australia.
  • You will be able to practise your reporting skills by producing journalism for the Western Independent website.
  • You will acquire the abilities to to accurately interpret and present information and keep the public informed valuable skills in this communication age.

Career information

The future of journalism

Journalism is a dynamic and fast-paced industry that has witnessed much change in recent decades. This has led to many new niche and boutique media startups, creating varied employment opportunities.

Many of Curtin’s journalism graduates find work at major media organisations. We aim to produce skilled multimedia journalists who thrive in the contemporary digital environment and can demonstrate the fundamental skills of research, interviewing, writing and broadcast presentation.

Industries

  • Media
  • Corporate and public sector communications
  • Public relations
  • Publishing

What you'll learn

  • understand and apply a range of learning strategies; take responsibility for one's own learning and development; sustain intellectual curiosity and develop a commitment to professional research and publication, as well as reflective practice
  • assess and evaluate information, and synthesise key facts, themes, and ideas in creating journalism
  • communicate appropriately with colleagues, professional contacts and a range of audiences. Assess the application of existing and emerging technologies on journalism to create effective professional work
  • understand the discipline Journalism and the role of journalists and journalism in a globalized world; understand and apply established knowledge, principles, and professional practices in Journalism
  • acknowledge the interrelationship between local, national, and global perspectives and the impact of these on journalism: recognise individual human rights, and appreciate the importance of cultural diversity and the sensitivities which may be created when engaging with and representing issues pertaining to marginalised groups
  • demonstrate professional behaviour and standards and work collaboratively within the legal and ethical parameters of journalism

Admission criteria

A bachelor degree or equivalent in an unrelated field from a recognised institution OR a Graduate Certificate in Journalism.

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing7.0
Speaking7.0
Reading6.5
Listening6.5
Overall band score7.0

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Other requirements and notes for this course

Applicants for a Graduate Diploma are required to meet University academic and English language entry standards; details are provided at http://futurestudents.curtin.edu.au. Applicants generally require a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate. Any specific course entry and completion requirements must also be met.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Email: crl@curtin.edu.au

Tel: 1300 222 888

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Fees & charges

Domestic fee paying postgraduate

Fee year: 2021

Student typeCost
Domestic $18,000*

Fees are indicative only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 200 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).

Location

For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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2021

Semester 2
  • On campus

2022

Semester 1
  • On campus
Semester 2
  • On campus

2023

Semester 1
  • On campus
Semester 2
  • On campus

2024

Semester 1
  • On campus
Semester 2
  • On campus

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  • Curtin course code: GD-JOURL
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  • Last updated on: September 19, 2021